The World Health Organization (WHO) has apparently decided it is the final arbiter of how an eventual COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed worldwide. The agency director recently declared that countries would have to look to the United Nations (of which the WHO is a specialized unit) as the authority on how the world will finally defeat the pandemic. After you have finished laughing at the previous sentence, you might see that the director’s statement raises a few crucial questions.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized the supposed “vaccine nationalism” of some countries. During a media briefing, the director-general discussed the people he believes should be inoculated first and indicated that “no one is safe until everyone is safe” from the Coronavirus.
He then stated that all vaccines — regardless of the nation that developed them — must be sent to the population that the WHO decides is most in need of immunization. “While there is a wish among leaders to protect their own people first, the response to this pandemic has to be collective,” he explained. “This is not charity, we have learned the hard way that the fastest way to end this pandemic and to reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest risk populations everywhere, rather than the entire populations of just some countries.”
Of course, the obvious question is: “Who the hell died and made the World Health Organization king?” It’s not clear how the WHO will enforce its “ruling” on the rest of the world. While some countries might cooperate with the director’s proclamation, there can be no doubt that others will distribute their vaccines as they see fit, meaning that they will use the opportunity to help their own citizens rather than participate in some globalist cooperative.
What Is Tedros Talking About?
Currently, there are over 168 vaccines in development. Eight of these are in phase three trials. The United States, Germany, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom are all working on a inoculation against the pandemic. Only two have been approved for use. These include medications created by Russia and China. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top authority on infectious diseases, has expressed skepticism at the efficacy of the Russian drug. He intimated that it might not be suitable for widespread use.
“I hope that the Russians have actually definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Fauci said during a National Geographic event. “I seriously doubt that they’ve done that.” He continued: “So if we wanted to take the chance of hurting a lot of people or giving them something that doesn’t work, we could start doing this, you know, next week if we wanted to, but that’s not the way it works.”
Kirill Dmitriev, who leads the Russian Direct Investment Fund that is responsible for funding the vaccine, pointed out that it still needs to clear the final phase of the trial process. If the treatment does not pass all three trial phases, it will place Russia behind the United States in developing a viable vaccine.
So, is the WHO director referring to the remedy coming from Russia, or the American one? Perhaps his comments would include the first usable vaccine that is developed. Either way, it seems that his remarks during the media briefing are mere empty words; the United Nations lacks the means to compel any nation to abide by its demands. But one must admit, it is cute to see a paper tiger bare its flimsy fangs, isn’t it?
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